An Autumn Getaway in Vancouver

Let’s Celebrate Friendship Day

Did you know that the General Assembly of the United Nations declared July 30 to be International Friendship Day? I don’t really need a special day to celebrate my friends. I’ve got some great friends, and I am thankful every day for them. But it is nice to know there is a special day set aside just to celebrate friendship. My life is much richer because of the friendships I have. In honor of Friendship Day, I thought share a little about what makes my friends so great. If you’ve read my blog before, you’ll know I also love great Read More

An Autumn Getaway in Vancouver

Have Courage and Be Kind: Why Kindness Matters

I love the quote “Have courage and be kind.” from Disney’s Cinderella (2015). In this adaptation of the long-beloved Cinderella story, this is the advice her mother gives her before passing on. A broken-hearted Cinderella tries her best to follow her mother’s counsel, but it becomes increasingly difficult as her father marries again and her step mother and step sisters move in. Soon after, he leaves on a voyage that proves deadly and Cinderella is left to the cruel hands of her “family.” Throughout her ordeal, Cinderella reminds herself to have courage and be kind.  There even comes a point Read More

An Autumn Getaway in Vancouver

Mindfulness Works: It’s More Than the Latest Buzz Word

If you spend much time on social media, you may be familiar with the buzz about mindfulness. A search on Pinterest will yield thousands of results. #mindfulness has over 4 million posts on Instagram.  I did a quick search of TED talks on YouTube and found over 100 pertaining to mindfulness. There are also several hundred apps for mindfulness. It seems like everyone is jumping on the mindfulness and meditation bandwagon. And it’s not just hype. The crucial thing to know is, mindfulness actually works. It’s not just a buzz word. Everyone is trying to sell you some peace of Read More

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A Letter To Myself, 7 Tips For More Happiness

Dear Younger Self, True confession: I hate a lot about getting older.  It takes me twice as long to get over injury and illness. Thanks to my California childhood (minus sunscreen) my skin is starting to show brown spots, red spots, and even some crinkles. Crinkles sound nicer than wrinkles, don’t they? My advice, never forget your sunscreen and start a savings account to pay for a good dermatologist. Weight loss is twice as challenging as my metabolism slows. But weight gain is a piece of cake (or pie or cookie). Remember how you could eat everything you wanted and Read More